Andre Dirrell’s promoter Gary Shaw has responded to allegations from Team Sauerland that Dirrell was acting after being hit by Abraham following a slip to the canvas. “Maybe Abraham is used to having his partners fake it, but thanks to SHOWTIME, the world witnessed not just Abraham’s heinous act, but a multitude of replays from every angle showing that Abraham was looking at Andre while he was down on the canvas before deliberately unleashing his illegal blow,” said Shaw. “As far as I’m concerned, Abraham is a coward and his promoter is an enabler. It was a desperate act by a desperate man.”
Shaw continued, “But rather than dwell on a pack of lies, let’s focus on Andre’s magnificent performance. He tagged Abraham with his first knockdown and his first loss in a 31-bout professional career. Both are huge accomplishments. Plain and simple, Andre boxed Abraham’s ears off. He was faster, stronger and smarter. Andre painted a masterpiece on a 20-by-20 canvas. It was his Mona Lisa.
“Andre went straight to the hospital after the fight where he gave his post-fight urine test to the Commission and spent three hours getting examined before being released early this morning. I’m very proud of Andre Dirrell. When his back was against the wall he fired back and against the leader of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.”